MORRISON — Just before Christmas, Linda Spicer said she noticed a man she hadn’t seen before hanging around her neighbor’s home.
A couple of times, Spicer said, she saw the man smoking outside the large custom-built home at 8111 Homesteader Drive where her neighbor, Christine Stonig, runs a day-care.
Spicer said she didn’t think much of Stonig’s new friend until law-enforcement officers notified her they were doing surveillance on the man, whom they identified as Alex Midyette, 29, convicted in Boulder County in the 2006 child-abuse death of his infant son.
“It’s a concern for the children,” Spicer said. “He’s been tried and convicted of child abuse, and it’s like being a child molester. If you do it once, you’ll do it again.”
Midyette was arrested Friday on suspicion of violating the conditions of his bond by contacting young children. He was convicted by a jury last month of criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death, but was free on a $1.5 million bond until his April 20 sentencing.
Stonig has two young children, Spicer said, and the daycare — the Montessori School at the Homestead — is licensed to take up to a dozen children ages 3 to 8, according to the arrest warrant. It has been licensed with the state since 2004.
When contacted outside her home Friday, Stonig declined to comment and called the children inside.
“I’m trying to run a business,” she said.
As parents came to pick up their children, she came out to meet them and brought them inside. All of the parents who left declined to comment to a reporter, except for one father who said: “It’s a great school. I have no problem with her at all.”
Another neighbor, who didn’t want to give his name, said Stonig ran a quiet business and had never been any trouble before.
Spicer said Stonig and her ex-husband moved here from New York and built their home together in 2003. She said Stonig is a funny and kind woman who “does a great job with the kids.” Stonig’s mother recently died, Spicer said, and she’s been through a lot lately.
“We love Christine,” Spicer said. “She has a heart of gold and would do anything in the world for you. That’s why we were thrown back a bit by this. We don’t understand why she would get involved knowing he did something like that.”
Even if Stonig meant no harm, Spicer said, Midyette “wasn’t supposed to be there.”
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